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It's Time for President Obama to Listen to Women and Girls

Serra Sippel | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Serra Sippel

President Obama travels to Africa this week to attend a summit on global entrepreneurship and will for the first time visit his father's home country, Kenya. The president's visit is a unique opportunity for him to help restore justice to the women and girls of Kenya. We hope this time President Obama will listen.

Rape, Incest, Health Risk -- Safe Abortions Are a Must!

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

We call on President Obama and his administration to use all means to provide the full range of reproductive health care needed by women, girls, and their families throughout the world. Don't let broken policy practices continue to harm the health of women.

#HelmsHurts: President Obama Must Act Now

Serra Sippel | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Serra Sippel

Now is the time for the President to show the courage of his convictions by taking executive action to ensure that U.S. assistance will be available for abortion access for women who survive rape or incest, or whose lives are endangered by a pregnancy. It is the right thing to do. The time to act is now.

An Unhappy Birthday: Helms Still Hurts

Dawn Laguens | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Dawn Laguens

The Helms Amendment prevents U.S. foreign assistance programs from supporting abortion "as a method of family planning." But since the law's inception in 1973, the U.S. government has wrongly implemented it as a total ban on funding for abortion -- even in cases of incest, rape, and life endangerment.

How a GOP Congress Could Harm Women Worldwide

John Seager | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
John Seager

What do a 25-year-old woman in Dhaka, Bangladesh and an 18-year-old woman in Niamey, Niger have in common? Their lives could be threatened by destructive measures passed by the new GOP-controlled Congress.

Time to Act for Women and Girls Raped in Conflict

Serra Sippel | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

The U.S. government is the largest bilateral donor of global health, development, and humanitarian assistance. It is unconscionable that the U.S. is failing to use its considerable power to facilitate access to post-rape care for women and girls.

Rape in Conflict Continues

Serra Sippel | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

Violence against women and rape in conflict is an ongoing problem. It is not isolated, it is not anecdotal, it is far from rare.

The Helms Amendment Hurts Women and Undermines U.S. Development Efforts Around the World

Latanya Mapp Frett | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Latanya Mapp Frett

President Obama can -- and must -- fix the policy of turning women away in the extreme cases of life-endangering pregnancies or those resulting from rape. Until Congress does the right thing and overturns the harmful law in its entirety, he can take a first step to ensure that U.S. programs are part of the solution, not the problem.

Faith Leaders Call Upon Obama To Include Abortion Access In Foreign Policy

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion

Over thirty leaders of faith-based groups across the U.S. called on President Obama to ensure safe access to abortion services worldwide as part of U....

This U.S. Law Contributes To Women's Deaths Around The World

Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

The Helms Amendment, passed more than 40 years ago, prevents U.S. foreign assistance funds from being used to pay for abortion as "a method of family ...

Women, Abortion, and Helms: Executive Action to Break Barriers

Serra Sippel | Posted 04.29.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

Increasingly, women's bodies are battlegrounds. Not just figurative battlegrounds, but literally -- women's bodies are spaces where soldiers assert domination to gain a tactical advantage over other combatants, to build trust and camaraderie among soldiers, and to subdue communities to their will.

Will 'Safe From the Start' Bring Needed Change for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Conflict and Crisis?

Serra Sippel | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Serra Sippel

This week at the U.N. General Assembly, amid critical talks about peace and security in Syria and across the Middle East, another narrative is taking its rightful place in New York -- the health and human rights of women and girls globally.

Helms Amendment Hurts Women: It's Time for Change

John Seager | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
John Seager

It's the equivalent of 90 jumbo jets crashing and killing everyone on board, year after year after year. What if I told you that President Obama could prevent some of these deaths with a single, simple action?

What Komen v. Planned Parenthood Teaches Us About Abortion Stigma

Anu Kumar | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics
Anu Kumar

Would so many individuals -- 'Racers for the Cure' and celebrities alike -- rise up in protest? My guess is no, they would not -- and this is the power of the stigma around abortion. When access to health care is limited by money or geography, we cannot afford to limit it further with politics.